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One dead following four-alarm fire in Princeton


PRINCETON (FOX 25 / One person is dead after an explosion that ignited a four-alarm fire and destroyed a home at 140 Ball Hill Road in Princeton on Thursday.

Officials at the state Fire Marshal's office did not release the name of the victim. But the Telegram & Gazette, quoting neighbors, reported that 61-year-old Rick Conway was living alone in the house that belonged to his mother, who recently moved to a nursing home.

Officials say the body was found near the rear of the house in an office.

A fire official at the scene says a passerby called in the fire. He says that he was at the home within four minutes of the call, and by then the home was fully engulfed.

When fire crews arrived, they noticed that the windows of the home were blown out into the lawn, leading them to believe the fire was caused by some sort of explosion. They are investigating the exact cause of the explosion.

Firefighters from several nearby towns, including Holden and Rutland, assisted in the fire. There were no fire hydrants in the neighborhood, so crews had to break the ice on a nearby pond to get water to the scene.

One fire official says that they had to pull everyone out of the home at one point because the floors were unstable.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.